The Best of Michael Herr

“The brilliant war correspondent Michael Herr passed away Thursday at the age of seventy-six. Herr wrote the opening narration for Francis Ford Coppola’s surreal Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now, and along with Stanley Kubrick and Gustav Hasford he wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket. But Herr is most famous for Dispatches, a 1977 nonfiction account of the war in Vietnam, which originated in a series of features for Esquire: ‘Hell Sucks’ in 1968,  ‘Khesanh,”’ and ‘Conclusion at Khesanh’ in 1969, ‘The War Correspondent: A Reappraisal’ in 1970, and ‘High on War”’ in 1977. For a limited time, all five articles are available for free. Back in 1967, Herr had lobbied Esquire’s editor in chief at the time, Harold Hayes, to let him travel to Vietnam and find out what was really happening. He was there a only few months when, at the end of January 1968, the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive. Although Herr had already sent Hayes material, he wrote his boss a letter in early February telling him to hold off—too much had changed. …”

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